Lonely Planet Writer

Stay on a plane, train, bus, taxi or boat at the world's quirkiest glamping site

An entrepreneur undertook a mammoth logistical challenge last weekend, when the 159-foot long disused Boeing 767 he purchased for his transport-themed glamping village in Ireland had to be transported to its new home by land and sea.

The Boeing 767 acquired by David McGowan: Image: Quirky Glamping Village
The Boeing 767 acquired by David McGowan: Image: Quirky Nights Glamping Village

Irish undertaker David McGowan paid €20,000 for the plane, which was previously owned by Russian airline Transaero, aiming to make it the centrepiece of his Quirky Nights Glamping Village in Enniscrone, Sligo. He has already acquired a number of old London taxis, a double decker bus and boats for the venture, all of which will be converted into camping accommodation on the site.

The plane had its wings removed before being transported by truck to Knockbeg Point from Shannon Airport, where it had been kept in storage. After a transfer by road was ruled out, it took workers six hours to load it onto a barge, which set sail down up the west coast to Sligo.

The Boeing 767 making its way by truck to the Quirky Nights Glamping Village. Image: The Anton Savage Show Twitter
The Boeing 767 making its way by truck through Enniscrone to the Quirky Nights Glamping Village. Image: The Anton Savage Show Twitter

Timber mats were laid on the sand for a truck and trailer to get across the beach to the barge, and on arrival it was hoisted by crane onto the trailer, watched by thousands of people. The operation took a few hours as it didn’t run smoothly due to wind and tide issues, but it was finally accomplished successfully.

 

The 50-tonne plane was then transported by truck to the proposed site of the glamping village. It would be fair to say that watching it make its way by road through a sleepy country village in Ireland wasn’t your average sight, so crowds of people lined the streets of the seaside village to enjoy the dramatic spectacle.

Now that it is safely ensconced in its new home, the plane will be converted into glamping accommodation consisting of eight en-suite double bedrooms, which will give an aerial view of the sand dunes, the stunning beach and town of Enniscrone. When the site opens, visitors will also be able to stay in ten double decker buses, three train carriages, eight taxis and a number of boats, so it certainly sounds like a fun and unique destination to put on the bucket list.

An artists impression of the plan for the glamping village in Ireland. Quirky Nights Glamping Village.
An artists impression of the plan for the glamping village in Ireland. Image: Quirky Nights Glamping Village.